Utah Wild Horses Lose Bid for Freedom in Federal Court

story by as published in Courthouse News

Friends of Animals fail to convince Federal Judge…”

i-said-noWASHINGTON (CN) – An animal-rights group lost their court battle to block the U.S. government from removing hundreds of wild horses from Utah’s Cedar Mountains.

The Bureau of Land Management, a federal agency tasked with managing public lands, performs roundups periodically across the country to keep the wild horse population from deteriorating the rangeland.

Though the bureau counted 800 horses in the Cedar Mountain herd in March 2016, an aerial survey this past December showed that the herd had increased to approximately 960.

The bureau proposed a plan to round up 600 from the herd, permanently remove no more than 300 of them, and return the rest to the wild after treating them with a contraceptive vaccine called PZP, or porcine zona pellucid.

On Feb. 7, a day before the scheduled roundup, U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington rejected a demand by Friends of Animals for an injunction.

Friends of Animals had accused the bureau of violating the National Environmental Policy Act by failing to conduct a new environmental assessment, something the group said the agency was required to do because it would gather more horses this time than it did nine years ago.

Cooper notes in the 23-page ruling, however, that the bureau’s proposal seeks to permanently remove 150 fewer wild horses than it did in 2008, making the overall number of horses affected about the same this time around.

That renders a new environmental assessment unnecessary, Cooper determined.

Friends of Animals also wanted the bureau to review recent studies on possible adverse side effects of PZP on horse health and birthing cycles.

In rejecting this move, Cooper said federal agencies are not required to consider every study that crosses their desks, unless it shows a significant impact on the quality of the human environment the agency had not previously considered.

Here, Cooper found the bureau in compliance.

“BLM considered the studies offered by plaintiff in its comments and determined that they did not significantly change BLM’s prior analysis,” the ruling states.

“The bureau found studies on consecutive years of PZP treatment, for example, irrelevant to the proposed action because Cedar Mountain mares are treated in four to five-year intervals, not in consecutive years or breeding cycles,” the ruling continues (emphasis original).

Cooper also found that the BLM had already considered older studies with findings similar to those Friends of Animals wanted the agency to review.

“Given these reasoned determinations, the Court concludes that the BLM most likely acted within its informed discretion in refusing to find that the ‘new information’ offered by Plaintiff warranted additional environmental analysis,” the ruling states.

In opting not to grant an injunction to the group, Cooper called its claim that PZP has long-term and adverse health consequences on the horses “unsubstantiated by scientific literature.”

“Plaintiff points only to the declaration of its photographer-member to support it,” the ruling states.

Cooper additionally shot down the advocacy group’s claim that the BLM failed to consider range conditions and herd size in making its determination to remove wild horses to maintain an ecological balance.

As the bureau said in its final decision, which the ruling quotes, the “gather is necessary to remove excess wild horses and to reduce the population in order to achieve and maintain a thriving natural ecological balance between wild horses and other multiple uses as required under [the Wild Horses Act].” (Emphasis original.)

The logic underpinning that “appears simple and sound,” Cooper found.

On whether the BLM should be required to make a determination of excess before claiming the authority to treat young mares with PZP, Cooper found the bureau to be in compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements.

“It is likely that BLM properly determined that there were excess horses in the Cedar Mountain HMA,” the ruling states, abbreviating herd management area. “And its decision to remove or otherwise manage that excess population does not appear to be in violation of the Wild Horses Act.”


Update: Former Wild Horses found dead, $100K reward offered to find culprits who sabotaged horse preserve

Story by I-Team’s George Knapp on LasVegasNow.com

A dozen or more wild mustangs at a preserve in Elko County died of thirst after someone disabled all of their water sources.

A reward of $100,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for a disturbing act of animal cruelty.  WARNING: Some of the images you are about to see are disturbing.

A dozen or more wild mustangs at a preserve in Elko County died of thirst after someone disabled all of their water sources.  The mustangs were living at the preserve because they were rescued by businesswoman Madeleine Pickens.  In addition to the dead horses, dozens of others are now missing.

“They got little Scarlet,” Pickens said.  “She wasn’t a pony — just a small horse. She was so sweet.”

Pickens said when she arrived Monday afternoon to her Elko County ranch, one of the first dead horses she saw was a mare known at the ranch as Scarlet. Pickens named her.

The withered remains of 11 more Mustangs were found in and around the water sources that had been installed for the horses. Each of the pumps and wells used to provide water to the horses had been sabotaged, disabled, dried up, which meant the 60 or so horses living in that sector had no water in the summer heat.

Reward: $100,000 offered

“The horses know where all the water is,” Pickens said.  “Every one of them was off, so all they could do is die of thirst, and it’s not a  pretty death. It’s horrible to see them laying there.”

It’s not the first time Picken’s property has been vandalized.  She’s spent seven years, along with $25 million turning a barren, overgrazed cattle ranch into the 600,000 acre Mustang Monument.

The Mustang Monument is an eco-resort and sanctuary for 700 or more wild horses which were ransomed and rescued by Pickens before they could be sent to a slaughterhouse.

However, due to the continued opposition by the BLM and Elko County officials — the eco-resort is closed. Pickens and her staff still operate the monument as a self-sustaining foundation, and when she’s on the property, she helps feed the Mustangs.

The sabotage occurred in the northeast corner of the property, more than an hour’s drive from the main ranch house.  Ranch hands check every week on the herd living out there. They found the carnage over the weekend.

But it was more than random vandalism. Every gate was open and every fence was cut and laid down. A few horses were still alive when they were found, but they were too weak to stand.

“I feel so guilty because I rescued these horses from the killer-buyers and from going to slaughterhouses,” Pickens said.  “They’re on a 12,000-acre private piece of land — all fenced in with wells and springs — and they should be safe. But some hoodlums, some outlaws come in and kill them.”

Pickens staff contacted the Elko Sheriff’s Office, but they’re not confident there will be much of an investigation, so Wednesday afternoon, she told the 8 News NOW I-Team she was offering a reward of $100,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons responsible.

“I’m in shock. It’s so disturbing when you drive by and see these beautiful bodies lying on the ground,” Pickens said.

If you have any information regarding these crimes against Saving America’s Mustangs and Mustang Monument, please call Rean Wegley immediately at 858-759-5517 or contact her by email on rwegley@savingamericasmustangs.org.

The I-Team had recently visited Mustang Monument as part of a planned news series.



Call to Action from  American Wild Horse Preservation.org

BLM Plans to “ZERO OUT” and Destroy Two Unique Wild Horse Herds

Public Comment Deadline: December 7, 2012

Taking its marching orders from Wyoming’s powerful livestock industry, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is planning the second roundup in less than three years of wild horses living in the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas (HMAs) in Wyoming’s pristine Red Desert region. The 1.5 million-acre public land area is managed as a complex due to wild horse movements between the two HMAs. The roundup is proceeding despite the fact that the Adobe Town HMA is substantially below the low end of the Allowable Management Level (AML) of 610 – 800 horses. Even more disturbing, the BLM intends to remove all wild horses on “private land or checkerboard land within the Rock Springs Office portion of the HMA.” Since the majority of the Salt Wells HMA is “checkerboard” (alternating public and private land parcels), and since the wild horses living there cannot tell the difference between public and private land, this raises the alarming possiblity that the entire HMA will be zeroed out!

This stepped-up roundup plan is the result of a a lawsuit filed last year by the Rock Springs Grazing Association, which owns or leases the checkerboard lands for livestock grazing. The legal action — which the Interior Department itself advised ranchers to file — seeks to compel the BLM to remove all wild horses from the public and private lands in the checkerboard area. AWHPC and our coalition partners, The Cloud Foundation and the International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros, have intervened in this lawsuit in an attempt to prevent the government from simply settling the case by agreeing to wipe out all the horses on the 2 million acres that constitute the Wyoming checkerboard. Yet, deciding not to wait for the outcome of this litigation, the BLM is now proposing this potentially devastating roundup.

The BLM allows the Rock Springs Grazing Association (RSGA) to graze the annual equivalent of 15,000 cows — or 75,000 sheep — in the alltoments that lie within and around the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek HMAs, while restricting the wild horse population in this vast area no more than 1,165. The RSGA members enjoy the privilege of grazing their livestock on our public lands, as well as the benefits of the taxpayer subsidies that underwrite below-market grazing rates. It’s time for our government to demand that, in return for those privileges, the RSGA members be required to tolerate the presence of America’s cherished wild horses on the public and private lands in this area.

Please submit your comments today during this scoping period for the development of an EA on this unnecessary, cynical and egregious wild horse roundup and removal plan.

If you prefer, you can submit your comments no later than December 7, 2012 via email, fax or U.S. postal mail to:

Jay D’Ewart, Wild Horse and Burro Specialist
BLM Rock Springs Field Office
280 Highway 191 North
Rock Springs, Wyoming 82901
Fax: (307) 352-0329

Electronic comments must be sent to the following email address to be considered:
(Please include “ATSW Scoping Comment” in the subject line.)

Background Information

Adobe Town HMA

The Adobe Town HMA is located in south-central Wyoming between Interstate 80 and the Colorado/Wyoming border. It encompasses 472,812 acres of which 444,744 are BLM-administered public lands. The topography of the area is varied with everything from colorful eroded desert badlands to wooded buttes and escarpments. In between are extensive rolling to rough uplands interspersed with some desert playa and vegetated dune areas. Limited, sensitive desert riparian areas are important features of the landscape. Winters are long and severe. Annual precipitation ranges from less than seven inches in the desert basins to more than twelve inches at some of the higher elevations. Elevation ranges from 6600 ft to 7800 ft along Kinney Rim, which forms the western boundary of the HMA. Some of the HMA is in the Adobe Town Wilderness Study Area. Other features in the area include the Cherokee Trail, the Haystacks, and Powder Rim. The Allowable Management Level for wild horses in this HMA is 610-800, with BLM managing for a target population of 700. The current estimated wild horse population in the Adobe Town HMA is BELOW the low end of the AML at 433 horses.

Salt Wells Creek HMA

The Salt Wells HMA encompasses 1,193,283 acres, of which 724,704 acres are BLM-administered public lands. The majority of the herd management area consists primarily of checkerboard land ownership area created by the Union Pacific Railroad grant in the Northern portion. Consolidated public lands with state school sections and small parcels of private land making up the majority of lands in the southern section of the HMA. Topography within the herd area is generally gently rolling hills. There are several small streams passing through the area, and some high ridges. Elevations range roughly from 6,300 to 7,900 feet. Precipitation ranges 7-10 inches in lower elevations and 15-17 inches at higher elevations, predominately in the form of snow. The area is unfenced other than portions of boundary fence and right-of-way boundaries along I-80.

The AML for this HMA is 251-365 horses. The current population is estimated to be 572 wild horses. A full range of colors is present. This herd has a high number of palominos and sorrels with flaxen manes and tails. Other horses’ colors are bay, brown, black, paint, buckskin, or gray.

Livestock Grazing in the Complex

22 livestock grazing allotments lie partially or wholly within the Adobe Town and Salt Wells Creek Herd Management Areas.

The BLM allocates a total of 177,829 Animal Unit Months (AUMs) for livestock grazing in these 22 allotments. This is the annual equivalent of 14,819 cow/calf pairs or 74,095 sheep. Meanwhile the agency allows a MAXIMUM of 1,165 wild horses in these two HMAs.

More information:

2012 Scoping Notice

Photographer Carol Walker’s Blog, “Wild Horses: Only the Complete Destruction of the Red Desert Herds Will Do

The Atlantic, “On Wyoming’s Range, Water is Scarce, but Welfare is Plenty

2010 Adobe Town/Salt Wells Creek Roundup Environmental Assessment

2010 BLM Adobe Town/Salt Wells Creek Gather Reports

Click (HERE) to fill out Auto-Letter at AWHP

The Mustang Mansion: Building a Bridge with Creativity

Information provided by Melody Perez and Animal’s Angels

Rolling for the Wild Mustangs

Melody Perez ~ Artist, Singer, Songwriter of runninghorses.org

A creative passion for the horse as a child and rebirthed with an affection for the wild mustangs of North America fine art painter Melody Perez relocated to the west two years ago with a vision to get back to her artistic roots only to discover the plight of wild horses and burros as she researched for painting equine subjects. Her painting technique is vivid and realistic as she re-creates on canvas the spirit of these living legends and the land they dwell upon.  Her first original painting was of a young stallion from the Sand Wash Basin HMA in Colorado. Little did she know the path she would begin as she continued to paint the Mustangs. Her first trip to the range was at SWB last year photographing the wild ones and building a portfolio to work from as well as experiencing the connection to the wild on the rangeland. Her passion continues being fueled by trips to public rangelands, wild horse sanctuaries, and participating in training events with the Wild Mustangs. Over the last year and half ‘Running Horses Studio’ has participated in countless art shows, equine events, mustang competitive and adoptive events, painting onsite at sanctuaries, to helping coordinate benefits and working with diverse organizations to help bring awareness and education around our wild horses and burros.

This year Melody has acquired a vintage ‘tincan’ RV, aptly named ‘The Mustang Mansion’, with a full tour scheduled for 6 states already this spring and summer. The Mustang Mansion is loaded with mustang artwork, books, DVD’s, educational materials and a myriad of other enticing items to win hearts to the Mustang. With murals of the western landscape and its wild inhabitants on the exterior of this little ‘Mustang Mansion’ it is an eye grabber for the passerby and curious of heart.

As Running Horses Studio crosses western states in this Mustang Mansion, there will be a collaborative work of bringing public, advocates and Management Authorities together in hopes to create working relationships bringing education, awareness and viable solutions to ensure the preservation and humane welfare of our wild horses and burros. Presently we are seeing wonderful cooperative and collaborative events in the works helping to achieve this goal. Together, we can make a difference for the wild equines of the United States of America.

Video: Not Ready to Say Goodbye to Our Wild Horses

Video produced by Madeleine Pickens

Madeleine’s Message to Oprah, but remember, it’s not just celebrities who care!!!

Ask President Obama to Support Protection for Horses

by Laura Allen from Animal Law Coalition

Your Voice Can Make a Difference

Today, Tuesday January 25 at 9 p.m. EST, President Obama will deliver his 2011 State of the Union Address, which will be streamed live on YouTube. We have submitted a question to President Obama for an exclusive YouTube Interview that will take place just two days later, on January 27. Votes are needed in order to have this question considered and addressed.

We want to know…

Will you support a ban on slaughter of American horses for human consumption and begin protecting wild horses by ordering a moratorium on round ups and a full investigation and reform of the Wild Horses and Burros program?

Watch and Vote here: (Sign in, search for “horses” and when you find the question, vote!)


Courtesy of Saving America’s Horses, A Nation Betrayed

Pickens Responds to BLM Director’s Pro-Slaughter Stance

Madeleine Pickens Echos Concern over Summit of the Slaughter Attendance

December 1, 2010
Mr. Bob Abbey
Director, Bureau of Land Management
Department of the Interior
Washington, D.C.

Bad move on part of BLM to allow Abbey to speak at Slaughterfest

Dear Mr. Abbey,
I read with great concern for the program at the upcoming “Summit of the Horse” and that you are noted as one of the speakers. While I recognize that you are obligated to reach out to a wide variety of constituents groups to seek input on the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro Program, the cast of characters attending this event reads more like a who’s who of the pro-slaughter and anti-wild horse community.

It seems that whenever the pro-agriculture groups dangle a dollar in front of individuals or outside groups, they automatically become equine experts, and are first in line to reap the economic benefits of the latest pitch. As a matter of fact, it’s the economics of grazing on public lands that has generated the issue with the overpopulation of wild horses in holding pens and the costs associated with that program. Suggesting giving more money to the pro-agriculture crowd as a solution to the boondoggle is misleading and is sure to fail as it will only create more issues with the Wild Horse and Burro Program. Since the BLM has openly stated that they will not engage in any attempt to euthanize or slaughter wild horses, it is even more interesting that you are participating in a discussion of exactly that issue with the pro-slaughter crowd.

If the “Summit” participants were seriously concerned about what they refer to as the “unwanted” horses driving the demand for slaughter in this country, they would have to look no further than the boutique breeding industry in this country. We are producing somewhere in the range of 250,000 registry horses in this country every year. It is very hard to make the argument that the few thousand new wild horses born each year can match the numbers of breed horses contributing to the overpopulation of horses in this country. The answer to the “unwanted” horse population in this country is to ensure responsible breeding and responsible care, and not driving 10,000 wild horses each year by helicopter into a trap for removal.

One only has to glance at the details of the program and the recurring reference to “feral” horses to understand what the intentions of this group are. I encourage you to read an article that ran in the Reno Gazette Journal recently stating that, “Modern horses evolved here and that’s an adequate reason to consider them a native American species and not ‘invasive’ or ‘introduced feral animals.”Perhaps you could share this conclusion with the participants at the forum.

I appreciated the opportunity to meet with you and others recently to discuss possible solutions to the problems that plague the Wild Horse and Burro Program. I am now engaged in a good faith effort, at a considerable personal cost, to work with BLM personnel in Nevada to develop a new model to keep and manage excess wild horses. As I told you then, leveraging private dollars and creating a pilot program to handle wild horses coming off the ranges in the Western U.S. takes us in a new, positive direction and offers a new vision for an applicable solution. I fear the group gathering at the Summit of the Horse is recycling many of the ideas and actions that have perpetuated the controversial problems we now see in the strategy to gather and hold our wild horses.

I hope you will continue to engage with people of good faith who want to see the Wild Horse and Burro Program managed in a way that all the stakeholders, including the wild horses and their advocates, are content with and will have a say in the final outcome. I am always available if I can be of service in working on this issue for the betterment of all concerned.


Madeleine Pickens

High Winds Grant Twin Peaks Wild Horses a Stay in BLM Stampede

(The News as We See It) by R.T. Fitch

Cattoor Chopper Grounded Due to High Winds

Actress Wendie Malick speaks to BLM officials at observation location ~ Photo by R.T. Fitch

SUSANVILLE, CA (SFTHH)  Although the mean beating of helicopter blades was heard across a portion the public lands north of Susanville not a single wild horse was witnessed being captured this day.  Press and public alike were sequestered on a small, hillside lookout above a temporary horse trap in the valley below.  Although the observation area was closer than in days past it was impossible to see the trap and chute in its entirety, due to vegetation, and observers were forced to fight for viewing spots behind the limited jute rope observation location.  Unlike the access that was granted to the New York Times only 48 hours earlier the press was held a considerable distance from what would be considered fair and appropriate access as set by the earlier precedence.

Present were correspondents and photographers from Horseback Magazine, New York Times, HSUS, actress Wendie Malick and additional citizen, wild horse welfare advocates.

Although most would consider the day to be a bust the general mood of the observation team was one of elation as many wild horses would be able to spend yet another day on their rightful land in the state that both God and Congress intended them to be, free and with their families.

Delegation Urges More Time for Input on Wild Horses

Seal of Wyoming

Image via Wikipedia

From the American Chronicle

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mike Enzi, John Barrasso and Representative Cynthia Lummis, all R-Wyo., are working to allow Wyoming stakeholders more time to give their input on changes to the wild horse program being developed by the Department of the Interior (DOI).

The Wyoming delegation sent a letter on July 22 to DOI Secretary Ken Salazar requesting that the current deadline of Aug. 3, which only allowed 60 days for comment during the state´s busiest time of year, be extended an additional 60 days. This extension would allow Wyoming´s stakeholders more opportunity to comment on the Wild Horse and Burro Strategy Development Document.

“The summer months are some of the busiest for key stakeholders in Wyoming, including those active in ranching, tourism, business, natural resource management and local government. We respectfully request that the Department extend the current 60 day comment period. This will ensure that the Department is able to collect the type of diverse stakeholder comment that is necessary to encourage an open, positive dialogue with the public on this matter,” the delegation wrote.

The delegation also asked that Secretary Salazar host public workshops in rural areas most affected by wild horses, specifically in southwestern Wyoming. This would further help develop the program, which previously offered only one public workshop on the new proposal in Denver on June 14. More workshops would allow those with limited resources and time to travel more opportunity to give input.

In October 2009, Secretary Salazar announced his plans to make improvements to the Wild Horse and Burro Program. A proposal was released in June 2010 which asked that groups have 60 days to give comment on the issue. The Bureau of Land Management estimates that there were more than 5,000 wild horses in Wyoming in 2009.

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Utah Ramps Up Propaganda Against Wild Horses

“In My Humble Opinion” by R.T. Fitch ~ author of “Straight from the Horse’s Heart

In a rare flash of intuitive thought, BLM Management identifies main problem with Wild Horse and Burro program

On June 9th, 2010 a public hearing was held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Salt Lake City, UT on the issue of using helicopters and motorized vehicles in the controversial round ups of native wild horses on U.S. public lands.

If you did not, personally, attend the meeting you are not going to get a straight answer on what exactly went on or hear/read anything about the questions that were posed to the BLM authorities who were in attendance.  Instead you will read local press releases containing ample rehearsed commentary from the BLM with plenty of hype thrown in for Ken Zalazar’s eastern wild horse death parks affectionately known as “Zalazoos”.

Gus Warr, head of Utah’s BLM wild horse and Burro program did throw out a caveat that the repetitive churning of helicopter blades is traumatic to the animals (and every living thing within earshot) BUT:

“Using saddle horses and roping and choking them down — well, this is the best alternative we’ve got given their sheer numbers,”

Thanks Gus, nothing like choking those stupid ole horses down into the dirt, that’s what every little school girl loves to hear; and numbers, what sort of numbers are you talking about Gus, not BLM numbers I hope.  We just documented in an article, yesterday, that the BLM couldn’t count the number of fingers on a hand without getting confused with the square root of their toes.  Come on Gus, we all know that taking a “Ciphering” class just ain’t on the BLM job application so let’s get real.

Jared Redington, Salt Lake Wild Horse and Burro manager was quoted as saying:

“We have found the use of helicopters is the most humane method in gathering horses from the open range and remote mountain areas where they live.”

Okay, so they are out on the “open range” and in the “remote mountains” where they are bothering no one and you all go and hunt them down, terrorize them, cause injury and even death, lock them up in pens, expect us to foot the bill to continue turning the helicopter contractor into a multi-millionaire and then we have to pay all of the up keep expenses for the poor horses when they used to take care of themselves for, ahhh, hmmmm, FREE?!?!?

The scientific reply is:

“Even though it is very wet out there, drought conditions might develop later on in the year and cause the horses distress.”

Wow, there’s some quantified science for you; drought conditions MIGHT happen (this is a phrase that all BLM agents learn in “BLM Double Talk School).  Using that sort of logic the moon might fall out of the sky, pigs will fly, Obama will keep a campaign promise and I will give birth to a litter wart hogs…Come on!  Can’t we do a little better than that?  Do we really, really look that stupid or is it just that you are that stupid in thinking that we are.  It is all so very, very outrageous it would be laughable if not for the fact that you buffoons are destroying the lives of thousands of wild horses and killing many in the process.  Give it a rest.

You even admit that your system does not work; you already know that over two thirds of your annual budget goes to maintaining captive wild horses and what do you consider the logical thing to do, GO OUT AND GET MORE!!!!

Those horses have been out there hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of years.  The bulk of the horses are fat and happy (we have pictures) with better feet on them than most domestic counterparts.  The range and public lands were doing just fine until you guys started the “welfare ranching” business and began allowing private cattle to destroy our lands and out number the horses.  I would think that it would make more sense to clear out the cows, have one great big barbecue and let the horses take care of themselves.

Emmy award winning cinematographer Ginger Kathrens of the Cloud Foundation has been telling you guys or years that if you leave them alone and don’t decimate their herds their breeding levels off.  If you would quit trying to play God by removing their natural predators their numbers would be controlled but do you listen?  Naw, instead you let your PR agency and desk bound admins fool around with Google earth, calculators and slide rules while no one bothers to do an accurate head count, but that brings us back to the math thing again and we really don’t want to go there.

One of our avid readers wrote today,

“I wouldn’t spend one more minute of time registering complaints with BLM. I’d send them to the President and my elected representatives with a “cc” to Salazar/Secretary of Interior specifically complaining about:

(1) Poor science and management
(2) Improper execution of the 1971 Act (which (BTW) is very similar to the NEPA and waiver garbage that is the BP blowout)
(3) Lack of transparency, science, dissent criticism of the current program being considered.
(4) Extraction of all minerals and expediting of all of the wildlife that get in the way”

She’s right, right as rain.  We aren’t going away, boys.  We are here to stay and many of us have been at this longer than some of your agents are old.  It’s not that we are trying to be unreasonable or asking for something outlandish and out of the question.  Quite the contrary, we would like to see something very simple, economical and inherently humane.  The only thing that we are campaigning for is to simply leave the wild horses alone.  It’s just that simple.

Why aren’t you listening?

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